What if you could eat pasta without all the carbs, a ribeye steak without the saturated fat or a sweet dessert without the sugar? The sweet dessert without the sugar is a reality. Artificial sweeteners provide a sweet taste without the added calories, but are often the topic of heated controversy. Health experts debate the use of sugar substitutes. Research over the years regarding the safety of sugar substitutes support that FDA-Approved sugar substitutes are safe to use in moderation.
Before you rip open that little pink or yellow packet to sweeten your tea or sprinkle on your cereal, be sure you know what you are consuming. Sugar substitutes are chemical or plant-based substances that are regulated as food additives by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Sugar substitutes, unlike sugar, do not contribute to tooth decay or raise blood sugar levels. Sugar substitutes are found in most of the “light”, “reduced calorie” and “sugar-free” foods available. Although sugar substitutes have fewer calories than sugar, it’s best to limit them and focus on healthy food choices. Fruits, vegetables, lean meats and whole grains are the best source of nutrition for your body.“The longing for sweets is really a yearning for love or "sweetness".” Marion Woodman